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Tom Pliura
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Candidate for
Illinois State Senate District 51
High schoolLeroy High School (1975)
J.D.University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.D.University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Place of birthMcLean County, Illinois
Campaign website
Tom Pliura was a 2012 Republican candidate for District 51 of the Illinois State Senate.


Campaign themes


Pliura's campaign website listed the following issues:[1]

  • Term Limits
Excerpt: "As I talk with people all across the new 51st District, I hear the same thing: Illinois is headed in the wrong direction and the career politicians of both parties are equally to blame."
  • Pension Reform
Excerpt: "A lot of folks want to blame the teachers, but the dirty little secret in Springfield is that career politicians are responsible for the disastrously underfunded state public pension system, and in particular, the Teachers Retirement System or TRS."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "The State's single largest budgetary expense is the healthcare related Medicaid system. We have nearly tripled the number of patients eligible for Medicaid benefits over the past ten years. "
  • Jobs
Excerpt: "We are all aware of the harsh reality behind the unemployment rate, as well as the difficulties that small business owners endure in order to support their employees and survive."
  • Farming
Excerpt: "Illinois is an agricultural state. We need less regulation of our Agricultural economy."
  • Guns
Excerpt: "Concealed carry is any easy issue for me. I’ve been a Life Member of the National Rifle Association for more than 35 years."
  • Clinton Landfill Lawsuit
Excerpt: "After researching the issue, I decided to become involved. In my opinion, any proposal to intentionally bury hazardous chemicals, including PCBs, directly over the primary drinking water source for hundreds of thousands of people is fraught with potential problems."



See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Pliura ran in the 2012 election for Illinois State Senate District 51. Pliura lost to Chapin Rose, District 110 incumbent in the State House, in the Republican primary on March 20, 2012.[2][3][4]

Illinois State Senate, District 51 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChapin Rose 59.7% 19,343
Tom Pliura 40.3% 13,067
Total Votes 32,410

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